<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego http://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usTue, 27 Sep 2016 07:16:28 -0700Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:16:28 -0700NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hot, Muggy Weather Returns to San Diego]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:04:37 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/heatwave-military-generic-188289.jpg

A heat advisory has been extended for Tuesday in San Diego.

Monsoon moisture from the south is combining with the Santa Ana winds from the east, NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said.

"We're going to be very hot and humid all day," Kodesh said. "It's going to feel very steamy out there today."

Coastal communities can expect highs in the mid-90s but the humidity will make those temperatures feel higher for residents, she added.

It's also going to be uncomfortable in the inland neighborhoods and foothills.

There is an increased risk of heat-related illness today. For a list of cool zones in San Diego County, click here.

Cal Fire is advising residents to skip yard work because even a small spark from equipment can start a brush fire.

As alwasy during fire season, residents of San Diego County are advised to make sure that an emergency preparedness kit is prepared and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media.

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<![CDATA[Interstate 5 Traffic Delayed by Crash of Oranges Truck]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:51:55 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OrangesCrash1964.JPG

A big rig carrying a load of oranges crashed Monday, causing delays along southbound Interstate 5 in the Carmel Valley area.

A Sig Alert was issued just before 3 a.m. for SB I-5 at Carmel Valley Road.

California Highway Patrol Officers diverted traffic while crews unloaded the truck's cargo.

No word on injuries.

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<![CDATA[SoCal Students Watch Clinton-Trump Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:30:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/San-Diego-Students-Debate-Watch-Party.jpg NBC 7's Ashley Matthews reports on how the debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was received by students in a Chula Vista, California classroom.

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<![CDATA[Multiple Quakes Rattle Imperial and San Diego Counties]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:55:45 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/el-centro-quake-092616.jpg

Twenty four small earthquakes, the strongest of which was a magnitude 4.3 quake, rattled Imperial County starting early Monday and continuing on into Monday evening. 

The first quake, measured at a magnitude of 4.2, struck at 7:31 a.m. PT.

Seven other smaller earthquakes measuring magnitudes between 2.5 and 3.3 were also recorded within an hour of the 4.2 quake.

The epicenter is nearly 60 miles northwest of El Centro and nearly 100 miles southeast of Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Later Monday night, in the same area, at 8:23 p.m. PT, a 4.3 magnitude quake struck, followed by a 4.2 magnitude quake at 8:36 p.m. PT. 

Within the hour, seven other quakes struck in the same area. 

Throughout the day, at least 13 quakes struck in the Salton Sea. 

The quakes were felt as far away as Carmel Mountain Ranch and Scripps Ranch, according to responses posted to the USGS website.

<![CDATA[NBC 7 Investigates: Voting System Vulnerability]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:39:57 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/voting-system-vulnerability-0926.jpg The FBI and President Obama have both issued warnings that this year's election could be vulnerable to hackers.NBC 7 Investigates found that those concerns are legitimate. What worries some security experts, doesn't require a real attack.NBC 7 Investigates Reporter, Mari Payton has more on just how vulnerable our voting systems are.]]> <![CDATA[Te’o Out For Rest Of The Season]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:48:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Manti+Teo.jpg

In just three regular season games, the Chargers have already lost three key players for the rest of the 2016 campaign.

The latest casualty is middle linebacker Manti Te’o. The Chargers captain tore his Achillies on a non-contact play in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss in Indianapolis.

“Everything happens for a reason,” Te’o said following San Diego’s 26-22 loss to the Colts. “I live by a quote that says, ‘God puts mountains in front of you to show other people that it can be moved,’ and my faith is strong. I know that I will be alright."

Te'o is the Chargers' leading tackler and is in the final year of his rookie contract. He has rounded into form the past couple of years as the defensive play caller.

“It was a big year for me, and I worked extremely hard and there is nothing that you can do now," said Te'o. "Just look forward, move forward and keep going.”

In week one, top receiver Keenan Allen tore his ACL in a heartbreaking loss to the Chiefs.

And in week two against Jacksonville, running back Danny Woodhead also tore his ACL and was ruled out for the rest of the season.

Slot receiver Stevie Johnson was lost for the year during the team’s first weekend of training camp and safety Jahleel Addae broke his collarbone on a late play against the Jaguars.

That’s five projected starters that are not suiting up for the Bolts and Addae is the only one that has a chance to play again later this year.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy was visibly disappointed when acknowledging Te’o would be out for the rest of the 2016 campaign.

“It’s another one of those guys that you feel for,” said McCoy. “The way he’s worked, what he’s done, what he means to our organization. It’s a shame.”

Te’o was a decorated college athlete at Notre Dame and finished as the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Johnny Manziel in 2012.

The Chargers drafted him with the 38th overall pick that year, moving up in the second round to select Te’o.

Hopefully this eerie string of injuries ends now and does not continue into week four.

Former Chargers starting quarterback Drew Brees makes his return to Qualcomm Stadium with the Saints this week for the first time since switching franchises in 2006.

New Orleans and San Diego will kick-off at 1:25 p.m. this Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Pedestrian Searching for Coins on I-5 Struck, Killed: CHP]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:16:33 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A pedestrian searching for coins on the Interstate 5 center divider Monday afternoon was struck and killed by a car, California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers said. 

The crash happened at approximately 3:05 p.m. on I-5 near Cassidy Avenue when a 24-year-old woman from Escondido stopped her 2006 Mazda 6 in the center divide, Catano said. She stopped just north of State Route 78. 

The woman got out of her car and started walking along the center divie, looking for coins she had previously spotted on a community service detail with Cal Trans, according to CHP officer Jim Bettencourt. 

She was walking along the divide when a 41-year-old man from El Cajon lost control of his 2016 Toyota 4 Runner while driving southbound on I-5, Bettencourt said. Officers are still investigating how he lost control of his car. 

He veered into the center divide and collided with the pedestrian. 

She suffered major injuries and was being transported to a local hospital when she was pronounced dead en route. 

The driver, who stayed on the scene, is cooperating with police. 

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Brush Fire Closes Interstate 15, I-805 Junction]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:52:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/freewayfire0926.JPG

The junction of Interstate 805 and the 15 Freeway was closed briefly on Monday afternoon, as crews were battling a brush fire burning along the interchange, officials said.

The fire started burning just after 3 p.m. on both sides of the junction of the 805 and 15 freeways in Fairmont Park.

As of 3:40 p.m., the fire was extinguished.

By 4:30 p.m., the 15 Freeway north at I-805 had reopened and traffic was flowing again.

NBC 7’s Meteorologist Dagmar said the Santa Ana conditions are in effect for the fire with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.

Fire officials don't know exactly what caused the fire, though they believe someone might have tossed a cigarette or another lit object amid the brush next to the freeway.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

<![CDATA[Local Dentist Office Goes Up in Flames, Smoke Seen for Miles]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:57:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/09-26-16-Bankers-Hill-Flames.jpg

A local dentist office went up in flames Monday afternoon, sending thick black smoke into the air for miles above Bankers Hill and San Diego's iconic Balboa Park. 

The fire broke out at approximately 3:15 p.m. Monday at the dentist's office on the 2700 block of 3rd Avenue, fire officials said. The building is north of Laurel Street and west of Sixth Avenue, west of The Old Globe and the San Diego Museum of Man. 

San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) Media Services Manager Lee Swanson said the fire broke out in a two-story commercial building. The sign on the building identifies the building as Uptown Smiles Dentistry.

San Diego Police officials said a witness told police the entire building was engulfed and people may be inside. 

NBC 7’s Meteorologist Dagmar said the Santa Ana conditions are in effect for the fire with temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[Teen on Phone Killed by Train in Del Mar]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:38:52 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/train-tracks-generic-railroad-2016.jpg

"People are getting hit on the tracks all the time" said Del Mar resident Tina Harris. 

Harris lives right above the rail tracks near 13th street in Del Mar, she has seen the after effects of multiple dead bodies on the tracks

"You should see the conductor, so shaken up," Harris said. "They don't want to hit somebody."

The most recent railway death in Del Mar happened Saturday night when a 19-year-old Poway man was struck and killed by a northbound train.  The name of the victim has not been released.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the train's conductor spotted three individuals along the tracks near 13th Street.  The conductor reportedly flashed the trains lights and sounded it's horn, before striking the individual.

Frank Stonebacks is a Del Mar activist pushing for the installation of a safe pedestrian crossing over the rail tracks.  Stonebanks say's while there is progress being made on that initiative, ultimately it's up to each person to be safe, "You can't prevent it, you're never going to be able to stop absolutely reckless acts on the tracks."

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<![CDATA[Fire Across from Sweetwater High School Now Out]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:13:10 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/09-26-16-National-City-Residential-Fire.JPG

Crews have quelled a fire at a residential building across the street from Sweetwater High School in National City. 

The fire broke out at approximately 1:05 p.m. on the 2700 block of Highland Avenue in National City, National City Fire Department officials said. 

National City firefighters said they rushed to the scene of the fire, adding that they move fast in hot and dry conditions like the ones in San Diego Monday. 

The one-alarm residential fire sent sparks flying, setting off three spot fires on the Sweetwater High School campus. A nearby pepper tree was a concern as well, firefighters said. 

No residences were damaged in the process, but the fire burned close to local residences. 

Students at Sweetwater High School are on break. 

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Too Hot for School in San Diego]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:51:02 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Coronado-Middle-School-2016.jpg

One San Diego-area school district opted to cancel some classes Monday because of unusually high temperatures.

Coronado Unified School District Superintendent Karl Mueller decided to make Monday a minimum day due to the heat.

"I think it's a wonderful decision," said mother Dawn Bower. "The kids will be uncomfortable and it won't create a learning environment that's a good condition for them."

There are fans and film on windows of some schools to block the heat from the sun but with temperatures in the 90s expected, the district decided to send students home early.

Coronado Middle School Principal Karin Mellina agreed with the decision.

"The kids really do an awesome job. They push on through and so do the teachers," Mellina said. "But it's nice that they're able to leave by 12:30, before it gets really too hot."

The superintendent can make determination “based upon the knowledge that many of the CUSD classrooms are not air-conditioned and occasionally suffer from extreme and unhealthy temperatures,” the district said in a written release.

Officials with San Diego Unified School District told NBC 7 there were no schools affected by heat in the district. All schools were in session on full day schedules.

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<![CDATA[Officer Pulls Chase Driver From Edge of Freeway Overpass]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:06:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/211*120/09-26-2016-pursuit-takedown-1.JPG

A driver who led officers on a pursuit through three Southern California counties, smoking a cigarette and throwing trash out a window, was pulled from a freeway overpass by an officer, ending a tense standoff Monday morning in San Bernardino.

The hourlong pursuit came to an end when the driver of the stolen Toyota Camry exited the vehicle on the side of 215 Freeway with what appeared to be a piece of metal that was removed from the car. He walked across all freeway lanes and climbed onto the edge of an overpass, dangling his legs over the side, as officers approached with a K-9.

As he gestured with the wiper blade at one group of officers, another officer dashed up from behind the man and pulled him back from the ledge and onto the ground. Other officers joined the struggle and took the man, who appeared to be bleeding from his leg, into custody. 

"I knew that if I didn't take the opportunity that it could have been worse and luckily for me it worked out that I was able to help him,"said CHP Officer Reynaldo Avalos, who grabbed the man from the edge.

Paramedics treated the man on the side of the freeway. Details regarding his condition were not immediately available.

The man repeatedly said, "The system doesn't work. The system doesn't work, I tried to get a job," as paramedics wheeled him on a gurney to an ambulance.

The man said he had spent time on Skid Row and was "out of options."

The pursuit began at about 8:45 a.m. after a report of a stolen vehicle near Morongo Valley, just west of Joshua Tree National Park in Riverside County.

The black Toyota Camry was on the westbound 60 Freeway, near Moreno Valley, before the driver entered the Pomona and Diamond Bar areas. The driver exited onto the northbound 605 and eastbound 10 freeways in the Covina area and threw items, including a plastic bag, out the window before lighting a cigarette. 

The driver, the vehicle's lone occupant, doubled back into eastern Riverside County, passed the 15 Freeway transition and headed north on the 215 Freeway into San Bernardino County. 

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<![CDATA[Marlins Remember Jose Fernandez in 1st Home Game Since Tragedy]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:09:27 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/182*120/GettyImages-610610562.jpg

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<![CDATA[Most Memorable Moments From 1st General Election Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:50:24 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/PL05Ma_1200x675_773938755547.jpg Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in the first presidential debate on Monday night. The candidates traded barbs and accusations throughout the often-tense 90 minute event at New York's Hofstra University; Clinton accused Trump of "a long record of engaging in racist behavior," referencing a justice department lawsuit accusing him of not renting apartments to African Americans. Trump mocked Clinton for her absence from the campaign trail in recent days, to which Clinton shot back that she did indeed prepare for the debate just as she has prepared to be president.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighter Dead, 6 Hurt When Suspected Drug Den Explodes]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:58:58 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/mayors+office+explosion.jpg

A firefighter was killed by falling debris when a suspected drug den exploded in the Bronx Tuesday, leveling a two-story home and injuring at least six other people, according to police and fire officials.  

The identity of the dead firefighter wasn't immediately released, and the extents of the others' injuries weren't clear following the 7:30 a.m. blast at the private home on West 234th Street near Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge. About an hour before the explosion, firefighters had responded to a report of a gas smell at the location and found the drug lab, police say. 


The NYPD was called in, but the two-story house exploded before officers could assess the lab or the rest of the location, according to police. Streets were shut down in the area as utility crews, firefighters and police cordoned off the site. Video from the scene shows the home completely demolished, the roof in shambles, partially collapsed over one of the building's sides. Piles of debris rained onto the street, covering the road and nearby parked cars. 

One Instagram user said the blast "shook my whole neighborhood," adding it "felt like a bomb went off." Another neighbor said her windows shook. Still another said she felt as if there had been an earthquake.  

A photo taken from the 238th Street subway platform showed a plume of smoke rising into the air. 

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<![CDATA[Taliban Watches Debate From Secret Afghanistan Location]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:58:56 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_743351664968.jpg

Taliban leaders were watching last night's debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from a secret location in Afghanistan, according to NBC News.

A spokesman for the group, Zabihullah Mujahid, told NBC that they were "very interested in watching," and they had hoped Afghanistan would have been a more prominent part of the debate.

He said that Trump is "non-serious," and said the candidate "[says] anything that comes to his tongue."

"There nothing of interest to us in the debate as both of them said little about Afghanistan and their future plans for the country," Mujahid added.

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<![CDATA[Trump Didn't Talk Bill Clinton Because Chelsea in the Room]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:29:25 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601852.jpg

Donald Trump told reporters after last night's debate that he held back from talking about former President Bill Clinton's private indiscretions because the former president's daughter Chelsea Clinton was present, NBC News reported.

"I'm very glad that I didn't mention, because Chelsea was in the room, indiscretions by, I didn't think would be appropriate to do even though she's taken all these ads. I thought we did very well," Trump said.

Trump's daughter Ivanka is friends with Chelsea Clinton. 

Trump's running mate Mike Pence said on the "Today" show Tuesday morning that the Republican presidential candidate showed great restraint during the debate after an "avalanche of insults" from Clinton.

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<![CDATA['Grand Theft Auto in Real Life': Victim in Pursuit Crash]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:57:49 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Pursuit-Crash-Driver-092616.jpg

A car driving at high speeds in an attempt to avoid arrest struck a parked car in Barrio Logan early Monday. A man sitting inside the parked car described the moment as "Grand Theft Auto in real life."

San Diego Police were pursuing a blue sedan traveling without headlights along Harbor Drive just before 5 a.m. 

Suddenly, the suspects’ car collided with a parked car near General Dynamics at 28th Street.

Claude Brenshaw was in the parked car getting ready to go to the gym when he felt his car shake.

"I looked into the back and I thought somebody hit me," he said. "Then I saw about 20 cop cars."

It was "Grand Theft Auto in real life," Brenshaw said, referring to the popular video game.

Four people inside the suspects’ car jumped out and ran. Officers searched the area around Main Street and South 32nd Street. They found all but one of the suspects.

They identified the suspects as all under the age of 18.

Brenshaw was not injured.

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<![CDATA[Labor Dept. Sues Tech Firm ]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:23:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/karp.jpg

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit accusing a high-flying Silicon Valley software company of systematically discriminating against Asian job applicants over the last five years.

Palantir Technologies was co-founded by prominent tech financier Peter Thiel, with backing from an investment arm of the CIA. The Palo Alto, California, company makes data analytics software used by the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies, along with banks, insurance companies and other private clients.

The lawsuit claims Palantir routinely eliminated Asian job candidates during the resume-screening and telephone-interview stages of the company's hiring process. The claims are based on a statistical analysis conducted by federal officials responsible for making sure government contractors comply with anti-discrimination rules.

Palantir denied the allegations, saying the government's analysis is flawed.

Palantir's chief executive is Alex Karp, who also co-founded the company.

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<![CDATA[Mosque, Conference Center Attacked in Germany ]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:22:01 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16271391188671.jpg

Two home-made bombs hit a mosque and a conference center in eastern Germany late Monday in what officials called a "xenophobic" attack, NBC News reported.

No one was injured by the blasts in Dresden, birthplace in 2014 of the anti-Islam PEGIDA movement, whose name is an acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West.

The city's police chief said officials were "now in crisis mode."

"Even though there has been no claim of responsibility, we have to assume that there is a xenophobic motive," Dresden police chief Horst Kretzschmar said in a statement.

A recent government report warned that xenophobia was rising in ex-communist eastern Germany.

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<![CDATA[Couple Locked Children in Cage]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:59:05 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Michael-and-Jennifer-Thalmann.jpg

Newington, Connecticut, police have arrested a couple accused of locking their children in dog cages as a form of punishment when they lived on Kirkham Street in Newington.

Michael Thalmann, 44, and Jennifer Thalmann, 48, of Audubon, Pennsylvania, turned themselves in to Newington police on active arrest warrants around 4 p.m. Sunday. They are each charged with cruelty to persons and risk of injury to a minor.

The couple is accused of striking their two adoptive children with paddles, failing to feed the children, and locking the children in dog cages.

They were each released on a $250,000 bond and appeared in court Monday, where they pleaded not guilty.

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<![CDATA[Obama's Hard Stance on Ketchup]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:05:16 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP_16145366840419.jpg

In this uncertain election season with its scandals, attacks and bald-faced lies, it’s refreshing when a politician takes a hardline stance on the world stage’s most pressing issues.

That’s exactly what President Barack Obama did when pressed by chef and television star Anthony Bourdain on how appropriate ketchup on a hot dog is.

“Is ketchup on a hot dog ever acceptable?” Bourdain asked the president on the season premiere of his television show “Parts Unknown.”

Obama’s response was a swift “No.”

Well… “It's not acceptable past the age of 8,” the president relented.

“My hot dog question might have been diplomatically problematic for a first-term president. He answered without hesitation -- like a Chicagoan,” Bourdain wrote of his recent bun cha meal with the president in Vietnam.

Bourdain also recently rattled off his favorite places to eat in Chicago during a Reddit AMAA.

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<![CDATA[Greg Hardy Arrested on Drug Charges]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:27:28 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Greg-Hardy-mug-shot.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy faces a felony drug charge after he was arrested Sunday night in Richardson, police say.

Hardy, who is an NFL free agent after playing for the Cowboys in 2015, allegedly had 0.7 grams of cocaine in a wallet in his car. It was discovered after a traffic stop for failing to use a turn signal, a police affidavit states.

Hardy was stopped about 11:22 p.m. after turning onto Midway Drive from the 300 block of North Glenville Drive. The officer gave Hardy a verbal warning for the traffic violation but asked for his consent to search his 2010 white Dodge Challenger, the police report says.

He told the officer that he didn't know what the substance was and said he believed he got it while he was at a party Saturday night, according to police. Hardy said he passed his wallet around at the party because he was paying for everybody, and he said that must have been when someone put the substance in his wallet.

Hardy was booked into the Richardson City Jail, where he remained Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $5,000.

Hardy spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, before joining the Cowboys in 2015.

Hardy hasn't garnered much attention in free agency since he and the Cowboys parted ways after the 2015 season. He recorded six sacks in 12 games while playing for Dallas.

The defensive end made news stemming from a 2014 arrest for assaulting an ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her. The charges were eventually expunged from Hardy's record.

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<![CDATA[Top Tweets on the 1st Presidential Debate]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:17:20 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AP+-+Hofstra+Debate+16+sized.jpg

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump didn't hold back during the first debate of the 2016 general election. Because most viewers have a habit of watching through a second (and third) screen, Twitter feeds were equally intriguing. Here are some top reactions to Clinton and Trump’s grueling debate.

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<![CDATA[Fire Crews Work Around the Clock During Santa Ana Conditions]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:55:47 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/USFS+Forest+Service+engine.jpg

San Diego’s Red Flag weather warning has expired but Santa Ana conditions still remain.

Winds and extreme dryness still pose a threat for wildfires across the county, so fully-staffed crews with the United States Forest Service will be working 24-hour shifts until the Santa Ana conditions pass.

“Just because the weather doesn’t meet red flag criteria doesn’t mean we’re not at high fire risk,” said Cleveland National Forest Division Chief Talbot Hayes.

Hayes says that eight crews are strategically position throughout Cleveland National Forest just in case a fire sparks.

"It's still windy enough and dry enough to where if we did get a start it would have the potential to become a large fire very quickly," Hayes said.

There is also somewhat of a balancing act being performed by local crews who have engines assisting with other fires in central California.

In addition to the threat of fire, high temperatures pose numerous health risks to people of all ages. Staying in a cool, air-conditioned home can keep you comfortable, but costs associated with keeping your house cool drive some people to shelter from the heat elsewhere.

Gregory Moraros, an Escondido resident, is one of those people. He spent the day at Escondido Community Center taking advantage of the free AC so he doesn’t have to run his own at home.

<![CDATA[Clinton vs. Trump Debate: Social Media Reacts]]> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:48:50 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610601290.jpg

The presidential nominees sparred for 99 minutes in their first presidential debate held at Hofstra University Monday night.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tackled the economy, ISIS, taxes and the president's birth status. They also took jabs at one another, and plenty of them.

"I have a feeling by the end of this debate I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened," Clinton joked.

Clinton noted that cyber security attacks were a concern, and the United States should be wary of Russia, and noted that "Donald is very praiseworthy of Vladimir Putin." 

Trump said he'd release his tax returns once Clinton provided the 33,000 emails she deleted, and that his temperment was his best asset. 

"She doesn't have the stamina... I don't believe Hillary has the stamina" to be president, Trump said. 

The top three issues posted to Facebook by 18- to 34 year-olds during the night were ISIS, racism and discrimination and crime and criminal justice, according to Facebook. 

#TrumpSniffles began showing up on Twitter timelines in response to Trump appearing to sniffle throughout the debate. 

Social media users shared a breadth of reaction as Lester Holt of NBC News moderated the debate. 

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<![CDATA[Man Barricades Himself in Encanto Home]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:08:39 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-119818994.jpg

A man has barricaded himself in his Encanto home and police are working to safely get him out. 

San Diego police responded to the home on the 500 block of Merland Drive. The address is in San Diego's Encanto neighborhood. 

The man is wanted on a felony arrest warrant, police said. 

No other information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story. 

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<![CDATA[More Children Fall Out of Windows During Heat Waves]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:20:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/window+generic+0926.jpg

At least two children were taken to Rady Children’s Hospital this weekend after falling out of windows.

The incidents are serving as a reminder for parents to take extra precaution when opening windows throughout their homes during heat waves.

“We have to remember that screens keep bugs out, but they don’t keep kids in.” said Marybeth Moran, an injury prevention program manager at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Officials at the hospital confirmed that 56 kids received treatment for injuries sustained after falling out of windows last year.

Moran recommends several cost-effective safety measures that can serve as a second level of triage after standard window locks.

Wooden dowels can be cut to length and taped along window tracks allowing for windows to open enough to let a breeze in, but not enough for a small child to fall out.

Fans can also be used to fill the space of an open window while also bringing in fresh air.

To be safe, beds and cribs should be placed away from windows so that accidents don’t happen while children jump on them.

<![CDATA[USD Students Studying Trump and Clinton's Behavior]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:02:29 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/NC_debate120926_1500x845.jpg NBC 7's Rory Devine is at the University of San Diego where students will be watching to see how Donald Trump and HiIlary Clinton perform in the first presidential debate.]]> <![CDATA[Firefighters Remain on Standby After Red Flag Expiration]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:56:40 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/092616-santa-cruz-fire18.jpg NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera has more on firefighter strategies and how San Diegans are keeping cool.]]> <![CDATA[BBQ Fire Spreads to Home, Attic in University City]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:33:09 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/attic+fire+0926.JPG

An unattended barbecue fire in a University City backyard quickly spread to the house and attic space, prompting a 2-alarm response. 

The fire started at about 4:45 p.m. at a home on the 6600 block of Red Deer Street, fire officials said. 

The homeowner said she briefly left the barbecue attended as the couple went inside to watch the debate. 

Before she knew it, there was fire all along the base of the grill, and the couple called 911. The husband and wife got out safely, but the fire spread to the home and attic quickly. 

When fire crews arrived, flames and smoke were seen shooting above the home.

Firefighters put out the fire.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Woman Threatens Clerk With Box Cutter, Scissors: PD]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:00:15 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDPD_San_Diego_police_gener.jpg

A woman upset about an online shopping order threatened a store clerk with a box cutter and pair of scissors, San Diego Police (SDPD) officers said. 

The incident happened at approximately 2:10 p.m. Monday at a Metro PCS store on the 500 block of East San Ysidro Boulevard, police said. 

The 30-year-old woman, who has not been identified, walked into the store to ask about an online purchase she had made, officers said. 

When the clerk told her purchases were not picked up at the store, she grew upset, police said. That's when police said she pulled out a box cutter and pair of scissors, threatening the employees at the store and demanding the phone. 

The woman grabbed four iPhones from a container and ran out of the store, leaving her box cutter and scissors at the store, police said. 

Police found the woman nearby and took her into custody. The phones were recovered. 

SDPD's Robbery detectives are investigating. 

Anyone with information is asked to call SDPD or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

No other information was immediately available.

<![CDATA[Small Vegetation Fire Near SR-56 and I-5 Extinguished]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:13:03 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SR+56+fire+0926.jpg

Firefighters have extinguished a small vegetation fire that burned in a parking lot near El Camino Real and westbound State Route 56.

The San Diego Fire Department received its first call at around 3:02 p.m. Monday. The fire grew to around an acre before being put out

No injuries were reported reported.

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<![CDATA[Photos: Heavy Smoke Rises From Bankers Hill Fire]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:13:42 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/09-26-16-Bankers-Hill-Flames.jpg Thick black smoke rising above a commercial building fire in Bankers Hill, near San Diego's iconic Balboa Park, could be seen for miles. Here are some photos of the smoke, flames and damage.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Left Without Power in Pacific Beach]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:36:19 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/sdge+generic.JPG

Thousands were left without power in San Diego's Pacific Beach and Mission Bay neighborhoods are without power after a transformer explosion in the area. 

The explosion happened at approximately 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Rockaway Court, according to San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) officials. 

Crews found damage to a pole and in order to make the repair, the had to shut off power to 2,700 customers, said an SDG&E spokeswoman.

Approximately half of those customers had their power restored by 6 p.m., the estimated restore time. 

After the initial restore time, 1,510 customers were without power. The estimated restore time for those customers is 11 p.m. Click here to find the outage map for SDG&E customers. 

No other information was immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Hot, Windy Weather in San Diego's Forecast for Monday]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:30:31 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/High-Winds-san-diego-sign2.jpg

Much of San Diego County is under a fire weather warning Monday with hot and windy conditions expected until 8 p.m.

A heat advisory was in effect for the coastline until 8 p.m. Temperatures in the 90s are expected at the beaches.

Inland valley neighborhoods are going to see triple-digit heat.

"It's going to be one of those days where you need to take extra precautions," said NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh.

For a list of cool zones in San Diego County, click here.

The mountain communities will see temperatures in the 70s and 80s. However, northeast winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph are possible for Palomar Mountain and parts of the Cleveland National Forest.

At the Alpine Vista point on Interstate 8, there was a warm breeze blowing just before noon.

Two women from Denmark were cycling along I-8 on their trip from San Diego to Florida.

Riding up and over these mountains are difficult enough but now they said the conditions don't help.

"It's harder than we thought it would be because of the heat," said Lene Voermanns. "We're not used to the heat and the wind was against us instead of at our backs."

The National Weather Service is expecting humidity between 8 and 15 percent and so firefighters around the county are on alert.

Cal Fire is advising residents to skip yard work because even a small spark from equipment can start a brush fire.

The agency is at full staffing for these Santa Ana Winds.

The threat of a wildfire is considered marginal for San Diego County according to the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index. The designation means that up ignition, fires may grow rapidly.

The U.S. Forest Service has instituted on 24-hour, even though the red flag warning is supposed to expire Monday afternoon.

Residents of San Diego County are advised to make sure that an emergency preparedness kit is prepared and stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media, according to the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services.

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<![CDATA[Veterans Day Parade Needs Funds: Organizers]]> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:24:32 -0700 http://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/VETERANSDAYPARADEPIC-PIC_0.jpg

Organizers of San Diego’s Veterans Day Parade are asking for donations from the public to help cover the cost of this year’s event.

The event planned for Friday, November 11 beginning at 11 a.m. will follow a route along the Embarcadero downtown.

As of Monday, volunteers say the parade has only half of the $100,000 in funding needed to put on the parade they have planned.

The organization had to put out a similar plea in 2012 when funds were not available.

This year, there is a new potential to raise funds with the appearance of the Express Clydesdale team.

There will be more than a dozen tickets up for sale for those people interested in riding in the stagecoach on the day of the parade.

“We’re reaching out, we’re selling tickets, we’re selling merchandise and we’re asking other companies if they’re interested in participating,” said Trisha McKinney.

Jack Harkins, U.S. Marine Corps Retired, who assured the media Monday that the parade would take place despite the lack of sponsors, said a good portion of the funds is spent on safety.

Donations can be made through the group’s website.

This year's parade route starts on North Harbor Drive one block south of Grape Street.

The theme of the parade will be A Tribute to the Guardians of Freedom.

According to Harkin, the 2016 parade will feature the largest number of military participants in a San Diego procession since 1991.